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  • Teachers speak up on pay schedule

    Teachers in the Washington County School District attended last Monday’s board meeting at Washington County Elementary School to express concerns regarding the pay schedule for certified and non-certified staff members.

    The group’s discontent centers around a schedule that initially pays faculty at a rate that is consistent with surrounding districts, but begins to fall behind once teachers have been on the job for 10 or more years.

  • The race for District 6 magistrate

    Greg Simms
    Greg Simms has served as District 6 magistrate in Washington County for more than 25 years, and as the lone magistrate with opposition on next week’s ballot, he said keeping the current court intact would benefit the sixth district and the county as a whole.

  • Four enter next week’s mayor race

    Four candidates have stepped forward in the race for mayor of Springfield, with incumbent John Cecconi, Sr. facing three challengers, Bobby Brady, Lisa Haydon and Debbie Wakefield.
    This week, The Sun takes a look at each of the four candidates and why they feel they should earn the nod during next Tuesday’s election.

    (Candidate profiles listed in alphabetical order)

    Bobby Brady

  • News briefs for 10/22

    Ongoing

    Absentee Voting Machine
    The absentee voting machine is now open in the county clerk’s office. It will be open from 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday for those who are going to be out of town on Election Day or precinct workers who work in another precinct. Oct. 28 is the last day to apply for a mail-in absentee ballot.

    Election Sign

  • Movie time at Camp Horsin’ Around

    You won’t be “Frozen” if you bring blankets and lawn chairs to watch the movie “Frozen” under the night stars at Camp Horsin Around!

    What is “Camp Horsin’ Around?”  Come to our Family Day Open House and see what we are all about…

    Hint: We are not an Equine Camp.  The ‘Horsin Around’ refers to goofing off and having fun…  In fact our only horse is Champ, a Lolapaloosa standing at the top of the hill to greet you when you arrive.

  • Commander band builds streak at Bryan Station over weekend

    This past Saturday the Washington County Marching Band traveled to Bryan Station High School to compete in the Bluegrass Pageant of Bands in Lexington. The weather did not cooperate and continued to be rainy and windy. The Commander Band arrived on the Bryan Station campus by 10 a. m. ready to roll for a full day of competition.

  • School district 2013-14 scores

    While the overall accountability score was not as high as last year, the Washington County School district was still able to post encouraging results in the Kentucky Department of Education’s annual “Kentucky School Report Card” test, which has a focus on college and career readiness. For the past few years, the test has been comprised of an assessment and accountability system called Unbridled Learning: College/Career-Ready for All.

  • BPW awards announced

    Springfield BPW announced last week that Sr. Claire McGowan has received the 2014 Woman of Achievement Award and Cherry Gibson has received the 2014 BPW Woman of the Year Award. The Springfield State Bank has received the Business Equity Award for 2014.

    Sr. Claire McGowan currently serves in her tenth year as the Founder and Executive Director of New Pioneers for a Sustainable Future.  

  • Robertson project awaits conflict resolution

    After three separate bid requests by the city of Springfield for contracted work on the Robertson building on Main Street, a bid that falls within the set budget of roughly $1,114,000 has finally been made. The bid, however, doesn’t come without its own issues, as a waiver for conflict of interest will need to be filed before the renovation project can begin.

  • Sheriff candidates emphasize experience

    With Washington County Sheriff Tommy Bartley stepping down from his position at the end of the year, the office is up for grabs, and two candidates remain with hopes of filling the void.

    Jerry Pinkston will represent the Democratic party, with Jim “Buford” Crouch listed as a Republican on the ballot in two weeks, and both men say they have the tools to make the transition to a new sheriff as smooth as possible.